Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/22/12
Every season strange, weird and unexplainable events occur in the NFL, from a team rising from the ashes and making a Super Bowl run, or players that for no reason at all have horrible seasons.

This article examines what would need to happen for the strange, weird and unexplainable event of 2012 being the Minnesota Vikings winning the NFC North.

Christian Ponder

The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North if Christian Ponder wakes up one day soon and starts playing football like Tom Brady or Drew Brees.

Granted this is only Ponder's second season in the league, and the fact that he only started ten games last season, but he still left lots to be desired. In his rookie campaign he managed just 1,853 yards and 13 touchdowns while also throwing 13 interceptions.

Compare that to the combined 9,681 passing yards and 86 touchdowns from Detroit's Matthew Stafford and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, and you will know why Ponder had better find a cannon attachment for his arm  if he and the Vikings want to compete much less win the NFC North.

Some of you may be arguing that Minnesota is a rushing team therefore they might need a gunslinger quarterback to lead the team. However, in 2009 when Minnesota made their last playoff appearance Adrian Peterson played second fiddle to quarterback Brett Favre who in that season threw for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson

The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North if they can get Adrian Peterson back on the field.

Quarterbacks make or break the NFC North, but it doesn't hurt to have a running back that gains yardage and scores touchdowns when needed. However, Minnesota is having trouble keeping him on the field.

After having his 2011 season finished for him when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL, Peterson says he wants to participate in training camp and is hopeful to play in Week 1 versus Jacksonville.

However by the end of August it will only be eight months since his surgery, and there is much speculation on whether Peterson should or could be playing in the early part of the season.

Percy Harvin

The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North if they keep Percy Harvin on the field.

This offseason Harvin has expressed that there are several problems with the Minnesota Vikings and that he wanted to be traded. In what should be seen as a no-brainer, the Minnesota Vikings said they have no interest in trading Harvin and are willing to work on the "problems" perceived by Harvin.  

In 2009, Harvin's rookie year, Harvin accumulated 790 yards and six touchdowns which landed him as the team's second-leading receiver.

In 2010 and 2011 Harvin was the team's leading receiver with 868 receiving yards and 967 receiving yards respectively. In addition to his receiving yards, Harvin has also contributed 2,609 yards and four touchdowns as a kick returner.

It remains to be seen how this situation will work out, but Minnesota desperately needs Harvin in uniform and on the field.

Madden Curse

The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North if the Madden Curse claims another victim.

Many players have experienced the Madden Curse, going from one of the best seasons of their career to the next season which most often can only be described as a nightmare. The newest player that will grace the cover of the Madden football game is one of the best players in the NFC North, Calvin Johnson.

In 2011, Johnson had the best season of his career accumulating 96 receptions, 1,681 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns. I do not wish an injury or bad luck on any player, but anything that hinders or limits Johnson in 2012 can only benefit Minnesota.

Defense

The Minnesota Vikings can win the NFC North if their defense can handle some of the best offensive players in the league including Matt Forte, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Andre Johnson, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew to name a few.

This may prove difficult as in 2011 Minnesota gave up 4,361 passing yards, with only six teams giving up more yards, and Minnesota also allowed the most passing touchdowns in 2011.

As mentioned before last season Rodgers and Stafford combined for 9,681 passing yards and 86 touchdowns last season. Additionally, Forte, Johnson, and Jones-Drew combined for 3,650 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Final Analysis

Unfortunately Minnesota cannot pick and choose from the events listed in this article. All of the things mentioned in this article would have to happen plus some good luck for Minnesota to be the 2012 NFC North Champions.  

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